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Big Families: Awesome and Not So Awesome

Julia Wenshau, Journalist

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Big families are great. But… also pretty scary sometimes. Now if you ever want a big family or will be around one, just know what you are getting yourself in to first;)

 Reasons having a big family is awesome

-You learn that nothing is actually yours, you share everything.

-Your learn so many new words you didn’t know existed.

-No matter what, you have built in best friends.

-You can practically form your own sports team so kickball in the summer is epic.

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-Siblings younger or older keep you from doing something stupid, and they keep you in check.

-In hard situations, there are like a million other people in your house who are there for you.

-There is a huge range of ages so you stay current on all the slang.

-Everyone is your biggest fan.

-Someone is always making a joke or laughing.

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-Movie nights turn into goof around and talk nights.

-Even if you make a bad decision or do something really stupid, they still have your back.

-New adventures and experiences every day.

If your are feeling full of yourself, they keep you grounded and constantly remind you that you are not actually that cool.

-You start to see camping in the back yard as a pretty wild fun family vacay.

-Chores go fast because everyone can divide and conquer.

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-There is enough old left over food on the floor of your car to feed a small country.

-There is enough old left over food in everyone’s room to feed a moderately sized country.

-When you are out in public, you look like you have a lot of friends.

 

Reasons having a big family is not so awesome

-When everyone gets crazy there is no escaping the noise.

-The best snacks go fast and there is nothing you can do about it.

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-You think you know what war is? Well, you’re wrong. You don’t know what war is until you have been in the middle of a fight over who gets the better seat in the car.

-Car rides with everyone are just scary (there is no escaping the madness).

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-There tend to be many petty fights.

-You have to be in peak physical condition to fight for a spot on the couch and not end up with the one dreaded floor spot.

-You are introduced to so many new and exotic spills and stains.

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-Ghost child. Every big family has one. When no one will confess to eating something or taking something of someone else’s just blame ghost child. About 95% of the time it is ghost child’s fault anyways.

-Only on rare and special occasions do you go more than a few minuets without hearing someone scream, yell, cry, or make some unknown sound.

-The fights for the last snack are brutal.

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-When friends come over the crazy level is brought from a normal 100/10 up to a 100,000,000,000/10.

-Babysitting money? What is that? In a big family you always have to babysit for free.

-You rarely have any privacy unless you lock yourself in the bathroom.

-It is not rare to find a new hole, dent, or break somewhere in the house.

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-This one is new as of last night after a skateboard was launched across the room and into the door

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